Counseling & Consultation

At JFCS, helping people successfully meet life’s challenges is part of our enduring tradition. Among the many services we offer is individual and family counseling in each of our regions: San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, and the Peninsula.

JFCS’ counselors and therapists are highly trained clinicians with the experience and expertise to provide effective mental health services to clients who may be experiencing conditions such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Grief or loss
  • Loneliness
  • Significant life transitions, such as divorce, separation, job loss, or illness
  • Difficulty forming meaningful relationships
  • Other conditions relating to emotional well-being

Knowledgeable about the best practices in the mental health field, our clinicians take a practical approach to helping clients with their particular concerns. Our multidisciplinary team includes licensed clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists.

Contact an Intake Counselor:

San Francisco: 415-449-1212
Peninsula: 650-688-3034
Marin County: 415-419-3638
Sonoma County: 707-303-1500

Counselors (by region)

San Francisco

Karley Anchill, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: psychotherapy for adults and family; individuals and families experiencing grief and loss; mental health disorders, substance abuse, and relationship issues

Basia Leaffer, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: psychotherapy for adults in English, Russian, and Hebrew; issues of loss; immigration; and family dynamics

Vera Vasey, LCSW
Areas of Expertise:  psychotherapy for adults with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, other disorders, family stress due to caregiving for seniors or children with mental health and/or substance dependence issues.

Ellie Pelc, Psy.D
Areas of Expertise: Early child (0 – 5), latency-age child (6 – 12), adolescents (13 – 17), and families: anxiety, depression, impact of family adjustments or trauma, disruptive behavior, anger, conflict, adoption/attachment issues. Psychological assessment and testing for learning issues, attention and memory challenges, and emotional functioning.

Maneesh Saini, MFT
Areas of Expertise:  Therapy with children and adolescents who are acting out in home, school, or in the community, childhood bereavement, children of divorced/separated parents.

Beth Berkowitz, Psy.D
Areas of expertise:  Treatment for children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and challenging behavioral problems, or who have experience trauma or separation.

Marin County

Rebecca Wood, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: couples/families, children, adolescents, parenting, behavioral issues

Julia Chu, PhD
Areas of Expertise: aging and transition, individuals and couples 65 and older, disabled adults, caregivers to the elderly. Emphasis on clients with diagnosed medical conditions.

Alyse Clayman, LCSW
Areas of Expertise: General parenting issue, children and families coping with significant life changes, acting-out behaviors, attention struggles, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic disorder

Robyn Matlon, Psy.D
Areas of Expertise: psychological assessments of children for a range of issues, including learning, attention, and memory challenges, as well as struggles with social-emotional or behavioral functioning; play therapy, child development, attachment, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, and PTSD

Laura Silverstein, MFT
Areas of Expertise: Individuals, Families, youth, disabled adults, Intensive medical case management, depression, anxiety, chronic illness, trauma informed care, homelessness, substance abuse, healing and transformation

Peninsula

Mimi Ezray, LCSW
Children, adolescents, families: children with special needs, school issues, depression, anxiety, grief, single parenting, adoption parenting issues, life transition issues.

Havi Wolfson Hall, LCSW
Child and adolescents therapist specializing in child anxiety, depression, self-regulation, and internet addiction.

Naama Lugasi, MSW
Children, adolescents, and families: effects of substance abuse and family conflict on teens, co-dependency issues, depression, self-esteem issues, individual and group therapy.

Ellie Pelc, Psy.D
Early child (0 – 5), latency-age child (6 – 12), adolescents (13 – 17), and families: anxiety, depression, impact of family adjustments or trauma, disruptive behavior, anger, conflict, adoption/attachment issues. Psychological assessment and testing for learning issues, attention and memory challenges, and emotional functioning.

Kirk Stuepfert, MSW
Children, adolescents, and families: anxiety, conflict, anger, oppositional behavior, trauma, social skills, and family transitions; individual and group therapy.

Sonoma County

Marla Bourgea, MFT
Areas of Expertise: child, adolescent, adult, and family therapy; play therapy; attachment theory

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